What Are Symptoms of Shingles in the Eye?

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Symptoms of shingles in the eye include swelling and redness around the eye or eyelid, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Affected individuals may also experience blisters around the eye or eyelid and pain in the eye.

In addition to blurred vision and tearing, many patients also become increasingly sensitive to light and feel as if there is debris in the eye, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Additional symptoms of shingles in the eye -known as ocular shingles- include blisters on the nose and rashes that appear on the forehead, according to MedicineNet.

It is important that anyone who suspects they have ocular shingles be treated by a doctor, claims the American Academy of Dermatology. Complications of untreated ocular shingles include scarring, glaucoma and a dangerous increase of pressure in the eye; some patients may even be at risk for losing vision altogether.

Ocular shingles are commonly treated with eye drops, prescription painkillers and antiviral medicines; in some instances, medications may be administered intravenously, according to MedicineNet. As of 2015, there is no treatment that can permanently remove the latent herpes zoster virus -which causes shingles- from the body, though it tends to remain dormant in most individuals carrying it for years.